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CRESTON, IA—Bill Huntington, SWCC head track and field coach, has received word 10 of his 2012-13 track and field athletes have been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XI academic teams. Honorees are as follows:
2012-13 NJCAA Region XI Academic 1st Team All-Region – Kristin Klocksiem, freshman from Glidden; Kaley Folkerts, sophomore from Bedford; Mariah Kruse, sophomore from Afton; Kalli McCann, sophomore from Osceola; and Zach Ruth, freshman from Osceola.
2012-13 NJCAA Region XI Academic 2nd Team All-Region – Joe Bierl, freshman from Davenport; Regina Hafner, sophomore from Panora; Adam Pool, sophomore from Orient; Dave Prchal, sophomore from Omaha, NE; and Molly Schimp, freshman from Hampton.
Three individuals from the SWCC track and field team competed at the NJCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Hutchinson, KS, on May 16-18, 2013.
Molly Schimp (left), freshman from Hampton, competed in the high jump finishing 12th in the nation. Kalli McCann (center), sophomore from Osceola, finished a great running career at Southwestern by finishing 25th in the 5000 meters. Jackson Shantz (right), freshman from Greenfield, finished 29th in the 400 meter hurdles.
Three sophomores from the 2012-13 track and field team have signed national letters of intent to continue running after they transfer. Dave Prchal signed with Chicago State, a Division I college located in Chicago, IL, where he’ll be running cross country as well as track and field; Kalli McCann signed with Grand View University in Des Moines where she’ll run cross country and track and field for the Vikings; and Regina Hafner will continue her running career at Bethel College in North Newton, KS, where she’ll participate in cross country and track and field.
Three Spartans will be heading to Hutchinson, KS, on Wednesday, May 15, to take part in the NJCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. Molly Schimp will be the first of the Spartans to compete on Thursday morning. She will be competing in the women’s high jump, trying to better her 14th place finish from her trip to the indoor national championships in March. Jackson Shantz will be competing Friday afternoon in the preliminaries for the men’s 400 meter intermediate hurdles. If Shantz qualifies for the finals, he will get a full day to rest before the finals on Saturday afternoon. Kalli McCann will take to the track late Saturday afternoon for the 5,000 meter run.
The Spartan women started the outdoor season off with some impressive finishes on a frigid day at the Viking Invitational hosted by Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa. Molly Schimp, coming off a 14th place finish at the national indoor meet placed second in the high jump going out at 1.56m. Kaley Folkerts came up big in the long jump where she finished fourth in a very tough field. The combination of Payton Wilkenfeld, Brei Theisen, Kristin Klocksiem and Kaley Folkerts finished second in the 4x100 m and thirdin the 4x200 m. The Spartans placed three in the top five in the 100m dash where Payton Wilkenfeld ran a solid 100m finishing 2nd overall as Folkerts finished 4th and Klocksiem finished 5th in the 100m as well. The Spartan distance runners turned in some great times too as Kalli McCann finished 3rd in the 5000 and Regina Hafner garnished a 6th place in the 3000m steeple race.
View the full results here.